Tinga Tinga Painting By George and Swalehe

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Tinga Tinga Paintings

These days there are various Tinga Tinga schools of painting – from intricate and detailed animals intertwined with the feathers of peacocks, to tourist-oriented work with simple stylized characters at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Both are nice and have their unique appeals.

However, in my recent trip to Kenya I found it extremely difficult to find the once easy to procure Tinga Tinga paintings. One reason is they are primarily made in Tanzania and Zanzibar and imported to Kenya. Since there are so few tourists in Kenya these days the market has dried-up. Also, the few nice paintings that I found were outrageously expensive and the owners refused to budge on the prices.

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